Fabric Dyeing for Beginners

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For the many people who love hand-dyed fabrics but think they are too difficult to make, Vimala McClure presents an easy to do technique that is convenient and gentle on the pocketbook. The author says, 'I use methods that are simple to understand and that can be broken down into steps to be completed on separate days.' Because her dyeing process is done in small batches, there is minimal mess to clean up. Worked in small jars or a plastic bin, luminous fabrics with exciting patterns can be made in a total of two...
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Overview

For the many people who love hand-dyed fabrics but think they are too difficult to make, Vimala McClure presents an easy to do technique that is convenient and gentle on the pocketbook. The author says, 'I use methods that are simple to understand and that can be broken down into steps to be completed on separate days.' Because her dyeing process is done in small batches, there is minimal mess to clean up. Worked in small jars or a plastic bin, luminous fabrics with exciting patterns can be made in a total of two to three hours. Using widely available dye products, which are listed in the resources section, the author provides dye recipes for mixing batches of 12 different colors or, for more variety, 24 colors. She shows how to make intriguing color mixtures, single-color gradations and multiple color gradations. With a cookbook approach and step by step photos, the author demonstrates tie dyeing, Shibori-like dyeing, fold dyeing, and overdyeing, each method illustrated with examples of wonderful fabric swatches and quilt blocks. She also describes how to make simple stencils for sponging or spraying to add pizzazz to any fabric.
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McClure approaches the somewhat daunting prospect of chemicals, rubber gloves, and stained sinks wi th enthusiasm, but also with practical sense. She knows that busy women need ways to fit these processes into their other responsibilities, and so breaks the processes up into small, manageable pieces that can be done over several days...The technical details are nicely balanced by photos of many styles of quilts that make use of hand=dyed fabrics.- Planet Patchwork Brookbriefs No. 20
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McClure's book is for quilters who wish to enhance their projects with hand-dyed fabric without paying the exorbitant prices for custom-dyed yardage. Her method is to break the process down into easily manageable units, leading the reader step by step through dyeing small amounts of fabric in half-pint pickle or jelly jars and then moving on to explore fold-dyed fabrics, tie-dye, and stencils and sprays. She emphasizes safety in dyeing, including the use of a homemade mixing box when preparing dye solutions. This gem of a book is highly recommended for public libraries and quilting collections. Academic libraries may want to supplement it with Kate Wells's more scholarly Fabric Dyeing and Printing. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574328134
  • Publisher: Collector Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

"Quilting gave me a creative outlet when I was raising my children. Each quilt I made fueled my creative fire. Soon I was making 3 and 4 quilts at a time." Today Vimala McClure writes and inspires creativity. It is her mission to promote creative quiltmaking.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chapter 1 General Instructions
Basic Equipment and Supplies 11
Dyeing Tips 15
How to Make a Mixing Box 16
How to Make Dye Activator 16
How to Make Chem Water 16
How to Make Dye Solution 17
Three Base Colors 17
Chapter 2 Pickle-Jar Fabrics
Additional Supplies 19
Dye Colors 20
Color Wheels 20
Color Wheel Recipes 21
How to Pickle Fabrics 22
Bin Dyeing 25
Chapter 3 Fold-Dyed Fabrics
Additional Supplies 33
How to Fold-Dye 34
Chapter 4 Tie-Dyed Fabrics
Additional Supplies 47
How to Tie-Dye 48
Tie-Dyed Patterns 48
Shibori-style Tie-Dye 53
Chapter 5 Stencils and Sprays
Additional Supplies 61
Sponge or Brush Painting 62
Spray Painting 65
Spray on Flat Fabric 66
Gallery 71
Resources 79
Meet the Author 80
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